WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

Historic award to support WVU Nursing scholars

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As an aging society and healthcare reform will dramatically increase the demand for primary care services, nurses are expected to bridge the gap in provider demand and supply. In recognition of the West Virginia University School of Nursing’s commitment to educating primary care nurse practitioners, the School has been awarded a ‘historic’ $700,000 grant to support advanced practice nursing education. “Nurse practitioners play a critical role in improving access to primary care, especially in rural and underserved areas,” Georgia L. Narsavage, Ph.D., dean of the WVU School of Nursing, said. “The coming increase in healthcare coverage, the accelerating move toward preventive care and the need to reduce healthcare costs are driving efforts to increase accessibility to primary care services for everyone. Advanced practice nurses are already in high demand to meet the need. ” WVU edged out nursing schools from across the country to secure the competitive Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) from the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The two-year AENT grant will provide stipend support to selected students who are in their last years of full-time or part-time study in the primary care segment of the Master of Science in Nursing program. Approximately 36 students will receive scholarship funding from this grant. “The ultimate goal, as established by HRSA, is to increase the number of primary care providers. This financial support will enable students to cut back on their employment, concentrate on coursework, graduate and enter the primary care workforce,” Alvita Nathaniel, Ph.D., associate professor at the School of Nursing’s Charleston Division and the grant’s project director, said. “Concerns over the adequacy of the primary care workforce have led policy makers to invest in the training of advanced practice registered nurses, as well as new ways to organize and deliver much needed medical services.” This year’s AENT grant is the greatest, yet second, of its kind WVU’s nursing program has received. In 2010, the School of Nursing was awarded nearly $1 million to support 25 students over five years. The School was also one of just 55 programs to receive 2012-2013 funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) prestigious New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program. The award provides five, $10,000 scholarships for WVU students in the School’s accelerated baccalaureate nursing program for college graduates who wish to pursue a second career in nursing. Launched by RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the program aims to help alleviate the nation’s nursing shortage by dramatically expanding the number of students in accelerated nursing programs. To date, the School of Nursing has awarded 20 NCIN scholarships to students from groups traditionally underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds. For more information about the WVU School of Nursing and its programs, please visit http://nursing.hsc.wvu.edu/Pages. To learn more about HRSA’s AENT program, go to http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/nursing/grants/aent.html. [...]

WVU Children’s Hospital receives gift from unlikely donor

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It’s not often that the West Virginia University Foundation receives a phone call from a state prison official saying a group of inmates would like to make a donation. But that’s just what happened recently when inmates at the Pruntytown Correctional Center in Taylor County raised $1,028.80 for WVU Children’s Hospital through an intramural softball tournament held at the end of August. The inmates organized and participated in the tournament with the idea of raising money for a cause of their choice. The inmates paid to be on teams, and even those inmates who chose not to participate contributed to the cause. Debra Minnix, warden at the Pruntytown prison, said guards gave inmates the idea to contribute to Children’s Hospital. “Many of the guards have had pleasant personal experiences with WVU Children’s Hospital from taking their children there,” Minnix said. “They encouraged the inmates to focus the tournament around raising money for the hospital.” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said the hospital is appreciative of the money raised by the inmates. “We are always very grateful when a new individual or group chooses to help support our mission and partner with us to provide care to our patients,” Jones said.  “Our goal is to provide high quality care to every child who comes through our doors. We plan to use the money wherever there is the greatest need – equipment, programs, etc. – so we can do just that.” Minnix was pleased with the effort the inmates put into raising the money. “The inmates have a big heart when it comes to children,” Minnix said. “From start to finish, it was their idea to conduct the softball tournament. They were able to promote the event among themselves, which gave them the opportunity to show leadership in helping out this wonderful cause.” WVU Children’s Hospital – located on the sixth floor of Ruby Memorial, WVU Healthcare’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. To find out more about WVU Children’s Hospital, visit www.wvukids.com.   The donation was made in conjunction with “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University.” The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015. [...]

WVU Healthcare patients notified of FDA recall

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Healthcare was notified by the FDA this week about a precautionary and voluntary recall of all injectable products manufactured by New England Compounding Center (NECC).  All injectable products compounded at the NECC had already been removed from all WVU Healthcare pharmacies and clinics on October 4. (WVU Healthcare never used the injectable steroid suspected of causing serious and sometimes fatal meningitis cases that have been reported.) We have used two other drugs from the NECC which the FDA has now included in its recall.  After an examination of patient records from May of this year through October, we determined that the drugs were used for 125 patients either during open heart surgery or for adults in intensive care at Ruby Memorial Hospital. We are in the process of notifying each patient by mail. While the FDA reports the likelihood of any complication is low, we are reminding patients to watch for the symptoms of infection. These symptoms may include fever, swelling, pain, redness and warmth at the injection site; visual changes, pain, redness or discharge from the eye; chest pain or drainage from the surgical site (infection within the chest). Based on everything we know at this time, there is little cause for concern. We are doing this as a precaution and at the recommendation of the FDA. No issues have been reported with our patients. [...]

Poison Center director selected for national award

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WVU’s Global Health Week begins Oct. 22

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Charleston radiothon to benefit WVU Children’s Hospital

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WVU study: Exposure to air pollution particles at mountaintop mining sites may lead to cardiovascular dysfunction

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Log-a-Load auction benefits WVU Children’s Hospital

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